Topics : “He did not demonstrate understanding of historic or modern-day voter suppression and he refuses to acknowledge how Facebook is facilitating Trump’s call for violence against protesters. Mark is setting a very dangerous precedent for other voices who would say similar harmful things on Facebook.”The comments follow a series of protests from Facebook employees disputing the company’s position of refraining from moderating the president’s posts.Social platforms have faced calls to label or remove Trump’s comments which warned against fraud in mail-in voting, and which appeared to encourage violence against those protesting the police killing of a black man in Minnesota.Over the weekend, Zuckerberg said he believes Facebook “should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies.” Facebook said it welcomed the call late Monday which included the activists as well as Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.”We’re grateful that leaders in the civil rights community took the time to share candid, honest feedback with Mark and Sheryl,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.”It is an important moment to listen, and we look forward to continuing these conversations.”In the latest sign of turmoil at Facebook, software engineer Timothy Aveni announced his resignation from the company, claiming Zuckerberg did not keep his word about stopping posts that glorify violence.”Facebook will keep moving the goalposts every time Trump escalates, finding excuse after excuse not to act on increasingly dangerous rhetoric,” Aveni wrote on his Facebook page Civil rights activists Tuesday slammed as “incomprehensible” Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s justification for allowing incendiary comments by President Donald Trump about violence and voter suppression on the social network.The criticism came following a discussion involving the Facebook CEO and leaders of rights organizations to discuss the platform’s hands-off policy on Trump’s posts after Twitter flagged or reduced the visibility of similar comments.”We are disappointed and stunned by Mark’s incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,” said a statement from three leaders: Vanita Gupta of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Rashad Robinson of Color of Change.
Vatican officials have defended their intention to renew an accord with Beijing that gives the pope say over the appointment of Chinese bishops, following a highly unusual public call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to abandon it.In a series of Tweets and an editorial in a conservative US Catholic journal published on Saturday, Pompeo said the Vatican should not renew the agreement, which was signed two years ago and expires next month.”The Vatican endangers its moral authority, should it renew the deal,” Pompeo Tweeted. In a Tweet, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia, criticized Pompeo’s comments as an “attempt to pressgang the Holy See into a questionable domestic political/electoral agenda playing itself out on the international stage.”Pompeo said that since the Vatican’s deal with Beijing was reached, the conditions for Christians in China had worsened.”Now, more than ever, the Chinese people need the Vatican’s moral witness and authority in support of China’s religious believers,” he said in an editorial in First Things journal.In a clear comparison between Francis and Pope John Paul II, a hero to conservatives, Pompeo said the Church had inspired movements in Communist Eastern Europe that helped bring down the Berlin Wall in 1989.”That same power of moral witness should be deployed today with respect to the Chinese Communist Party.”Not normal diplomacyOne of the senior Vatican sources said the Holy See was “surprised” about Pompeo’s intervention, given his coming visit.”This is not a normal way to go about setting an agenda. Normally between ministries you have confidential exchanges to determine what is going to be on the agenda.”The Vatican had spoken to US officials about the comments but was not planning to make a public comment about it, one of the sources said.The journal in which the editorial appeared has been highly critical of Pope Francis. Last year, its editor wrote a long commentary titled “A Failing Papacy”.The three Vatican officials said the China deal was not perfect but gives the Vatican a direct channel for dialogue with Beijing after a break of nearly 70 years.”Maintaining dialogue is one of the few, if not the only, tool of maintaining direct relations with China,” one said.In response to Pompeo’s suggestion that the Vatican should take a tougher line, another one of the officials said: “We can make grandiose statements, but there is no indication that it will have any effect, except possibly making the situation worse for our Catholics on the ground.” Three senior Vatican officials who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity said the Holy See was taken aback by the comments by Pompeo, who is due to visit the Vatican at the end of this month.Pope Francis has signed off on a two-year extension of the agreement with Beijing, which allows the pope final say over the appointment of bishops in China and also permits Chinese Catholics to recognize him as leader of the universal Church.Before the deal, the state-backed official Catholic Church in China was barred from recognizing the authority of Rome, while an underground, unofficial Church continued to do so.Some conservative critics have condemned the deal as a sell-out to the communist government. President Donald Trump, who faces re-election in November, has campaigned on his willingness to take a tough line with China, and also has support among conservative Christians who have clashed with the pope. Topics :
9-11 Haughton Street, MundingburraMs Logan said she first found out about the sale of the home while holidaying on Magnetic Island.“I still remember seeing the house for sale when we were on the island and racing back to make it to the open home,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The agent was just about to lock up when we rocked up in our island clothes and messy hair … but we did get to have a quick, five-minute look around and just loved what we saw.“It’s a place we wanted to be and while it’s an older house, it’s not like you can compare it to anything else.” 9-11 Haughton Street, Mundingburra“I hope the new owners don’t change it too much as the beauty of this home is that it still very much looks the way it did when built,” Ms Logan said.“But I think people who like this kind of home will be true to its design. You either love it or you don’t.” 9-11 Haughton Street, MundingburraThe seventies icon has become somewhat of a legend in the popular suburb with a total of 35 groups attending the property’s first two open homes.Timeless in its design, owner Sally Logan is now selling her home with heavy heart after 11 years of memories made with her husband and two grown-up daughters.“We’ve lived here for the past 11 years but I’ve been in love with this house for a long time as we’ve lived and built just around the corner,” Ms Logan said.“Haughton Street has this big avenue of trees and I just loved the feel of the area. But on top of that, the home kind of reminded me of the Brady Bunch house.” WHEN former Holden car dealer, Gordon Lee travelled to America in the mid-seventies, he never expected to return with drawings of a house.It is said that Mr Lee, who had travelled to California for work, fell in love with the newlybuilt home of a friend. So impressed by the design, layout and classic seventies style, Mr Lee was gifted with the original draft plans on his departure so that he may build his own on his return to Townsville.Forty years later, Mr Lee’s California Dream still stands in its original structure at 9-11 Haughton Street in Mundingburra, passing hands only four times over the years. 9-11 Haughton Street, MundingburraAdamant to preserve the original owner’s vision, the home – while modernised – still maintains its original character features and facade, including high ceilings, enormous windows and silky oak exposed ceiling beams. Spanning 1822sq m of land, the property melds the indoors with the outdoors creating a tranquil hideaway.Key features of this magnificent home include big open plan living areas with clear aspect to the gardens, as well as air conditioning, fans and security screens throughout. 9-11 Haughton Street, MundingburraBuilt and designed for entertaining, the home comes with an enormous undercover outdoor entertaining area overlooking a classic, seventies pool and spa.The home also comes with its own library that includes original condition Paul Kafka type screens.
WASHINGTON – Microsoft on Fridayannounced that co-founder Bill Gates has left its board of directors to devotemore time to philanthropy. Bill Gates, pictured here in October 2019, served as chairman of Microsoft’s board of directors until early in 2014 and has now stepped away entirely. AFP The 64-year-old stopped being involvedin day-to-day operations at the firm more than a decade ago, turning hisattention to the foundation he launched with his wife, Melinda. Gates served as chairman of Microsoft’sboard of directors until early in 2014 and has now stepped away entirely,according to the Redmond-based technology giant. (AFP)
Press Association The cross-border start to one of the sport’s three Grand Tour races will be held over three stages from May 10-12 and will involve routes taking in Belfast, Armagh and Dublin. Michele Acquarone, head of the Giro and managing director of Italian race organiser RCS Sport, said: “Belfast will provide spectacular backdrops for the 2014 Grand Partenza (Big Start) and will add something very special into the history of this great cycling event.” The news follows the announcement in December that the first three stages of the 2014 Tour de France will be in England, with two in Yorkshire and the third finishing in London. The start of the 104-year-old Giro is normally hosted in Italy but in recent times has been awarded to an outside country every two years, most recently in Denmark last year. More than 200 of the top professional cyclists from across the globe will be in Northern Ireland to take part and there will be a supporting programme of events and activities. The Giro is expected to attract around £10million worth of international media coverage. Northern Ireland tourism minister Arlene Foster said: “Plans are already in motion to make the occasion a fabulous celebration worthy of Italian cycling traditions and the maglia rosa (pink jersey) itself.” Sir Bradley Wiggins has said he will focus on the Giro this year rather than defending his Tour de France title. There is a strong Irish connection with the Giro, with Stephen Roche winning the race in 1987. First organised in 1909 to promote the newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the Giro is now one of the world’s largest sporting events, watched at roadside by 12.5million spectators over the three weeks of the event. Cycling’s prestigious Giro d’Italia will begin in Ireland next year, organisers have confirmed.
Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak. ___Premier League club Bournemouth says manager Eddie Howe has taken a voluntary pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak.It is the first top-flight team to announce such a measure by its coach.Bournemouth said Howe’s pay cut was “significant,” without disclosing exact figures. Key members of his backroom staff as well as club chief executive Neill Blake will also have their salaries reduced.Bournemouth says it has also advised a number of staff across all areas of the club that they will be furloughed “to safeguard the financial stability of the club during what is such an uncertain period.” Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___The NHL’s Ottawa Senators say four more members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. The team announced the update Wednesday but did not specify if the people affected were players, coaches or staff. The Senators previously had two players test positive. The four additional people who tested positive were all on the team’s March road trip to California. The team said everyone on that trip self-isolated upon return March 13 and that all six members of the organization who got the novel coronavirus have recovered.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The recruiting dead period has been extended in all NCAA Division I and II sports through May 31. The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus. April 1, 2020 French soccer club Bordeaux is making its team bus available so voluntary caregivers can reach hospitals in another city.The eastern city of Mulhouse is eight hours from southwestern Bordeaux, which is near the Atlantic coast, but difficult to reach because of greatly restricted train travel.Bordeaux says 18 nursing staff from its region will now be able to reach heavily-impacted Mulhouse and offer backup to tired medical teams who have been “strongly affected” in their efforts to cope.___Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the four players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have completed their two weeks of isolation and are now symptom-free. The Critérium du Dauphiné cycling race, one of the key warm-ups for the Tour de France, has been postponed.The race had been scheduled for May 31-June 7 in southeastern France.Race organizer Amaury Sport Organization said it still hopes to reschedule the event for later in the year.ASO also owns the Tour de France, which is scheduled to start on June 27 from Nice. No decision has been made on whether to postpone or reschedule the Tour.___ The Paris-based INSEP will lodge nursing staff coming far from their homes to assist medical teams in the city.INSEP and other sporting establishments in France will also receive sick people who are no longer in serious condition but need their health monitored in an effort to free up hospital beds.INSEP will receive about 100 people from homeless shelters.Also, 69 rooms at INSEP are at the disposal of France Horizon, which helps families, homeless people, migrants, refugees and people who are isolated.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says “the only way through this crisis is to stay united.” ___Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis would not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Boston Marathon is offering refunds for the first time because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Race organizers say anyone who was entered in the 124th edition of the race this month can still run on the rescheduled date, Sept. 14. But if they can’t make it, they can have their money back.Those who have signed up for the Boston Athletic Association 5K the Saturday before the marathon can also get a refund.More than 30,000 runners had signed up for the world’s most prestigious 26.2-mile run, which had been scheduled for April 18. It costs $205 for Americans and $255 for international residents.___ The lockdown had been set to expire on Friday, and Serie A contender Lazio was among the clubs intending to resume training on Saturday, albeit in small groups.Previously, professional athletes and those training for the Tokyo Olympics had not been banned from training at facilities. But now, with the Tokyo Olympic Games postponed to 2021 and the virus still a major threat, all athletes are only allowed to train in their homes or the immediate vicinity.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 and at least 15 players in the top Italian league have tested positive for COVID-19.___Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is worried about the places currently hardest-hit by the pandemic, and especially worried about the places that haven’t been hit yet. ___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup.The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland. Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.”It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak. The Latest: NCAA extends recruiting dead period to May 31 Associated Press That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship.The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945.___Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14. The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___ Ujiri told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he’s been in contact with some leaders in Africa, plus has spoken with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his talks with other African heads of state about their level of preparation for the new coronavirus .“I think a lot of leaders are ahead of it, and the ones that aren’t are starting to pay attention because this is an unknown, this is an unseen enemy, and we have to really, really pay attention,” Ujiri said.Ujiri is of Nigerian descent and founded Giants of Africa, a group that organizes camps and other events to use basketball as a way to promote education and growth for children on the continent. He says he’s unsure yet if his programs will go on this summer as planned.“We’re just concerned about people, about health, about listening to what the directions are going to be moving forward,” Ujiri said.When it comes to the NBA season, Ujiri said he’s hopeful play can resume. The Raptors won their first NBA title last season. The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.” The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship.The decision was made in a conference call with officials from the 55 UEFA member federations.UEFA says “all other UEFA competition matches, including the centralized international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice.”___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game. The Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive, with Kevin Durant telling The Athletic he was among them.Marks said during a conference call Wednesday that all have now been cleared, along with the team’s entire traveling party. He said all are still practicing social distancing.Brooklyn’s most recent game was March 10 in Los Angeles. All Nets players were then tested, and the team said one player showed symptoms and the other three were asymptomatic.___France’s national institute of sport is helping with the needs of caregivers and homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic. The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. Recruiting was shut down on March 13, not long after the cancellation of all winter and spring sports because of the new coronavirus outbreak. The original suspension was through April 15. The latest decision by the Division I Council Coordinator Committee essentially wipes out spring recruiting for this academic year. A dead period prohibits in-person visits by recruits and coaches, but electronic communication is still permissible.___Professional athletes in Italy have been banned from training inside sports facilities in the country through April 13.The measure was included when Italy’s Premier Giuseppe Conte extended a nationwide lockdown for another 10 days because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum send to MLB employees. MLB said on March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.MLB played in Europe for the first time last June when the New York Yankees swept a pair of games from the Boston Red Sox in London.___UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.The games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.
Chase Academic foundation copped its third Milo Schools Football title after a 3-2 penalty win over Morgan learning Center.Chris Macey’s 15th minute ripper placed the Gregory Richardson-coached Morgan in the lead; however,the lead was short-lived as the defending champs equalized through Shamal Smith in the 27th minute.The game carried on with Chase having more possession and shots but they failed to convert, even after five minutes of extra time.In the penalty shootout, it was Chase Academy who held their nerves to clench a third consecutive title.
Associated Press The first offensive tackle in a strong group went off the board fourth overall when the Giants selected Georgia’s Andrew Thomas. He started 41 games for the Bulldogs in three seasons, the last 26 at left tackle.The Dolphins took Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-uh tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) with the fifth choice. Tagovailoa threw 76 touchdown passes in 24 starts the past two seasons, but a dislocated and fractured hip ended his 2019 season in mid-November.Oregon’s Justin Herbert became the third quarterback selected, going sixth overall to the Chargers.The Panthers selected Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown with the seventh selection.Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons was taken by the Cardinals after he surprisingly fell to the No. 8 pick. The Cincinnati Bengals have taken the LSU quarterback with the first selection in the NFL draft. It’s the third straight year in which the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was taken first overall in the draft.Burrow just led the Tigers to the national championship in a record-setting season. He completed an outstanding 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and just six interceptions.Burrow played his last two seasons at LSU after transferring from Ohio State. He joins a team that went 2-14 in 2019 under first-year head coach Zac Taylor. The Bengals scored 279 points last season, third worst in the league.The Buckeyes produced the No. 2 second as defensive end Chase Young was taken by the Redskins. Young made life miserable for quarterbacks as a junior last season, recording 16 ½ sacks and 21 tackles for loss.The Lions grabbed the highest-rated cornerback in this year’s draft by taking Ohio State All-American Jeff Okudah (oh-KOO’-duh) with the third selection. He is the highest-drafted cornerback since Shawn Springs was selected from the same school by Seattle in the 1997 draft. April 24, 2020 For any racing to be done, the North Carolina-based teams need access to their shops to prep the cars.The governors of both Florida and Texas have already said NASCAR is welcome to race in their states without fans. South Carolina and Georgia are gradually easing restrictions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck is taking an unpaid week, along with about 200 other leaders in the university system in response to the budget crunch caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joan Gabel announced the furloughs earlier this month. Fleck confirmed Thursday on a video conference call with reporters he’s taking part. Fleck’s 2020 salary is $4.6 million.— Colorado athletic director Rick George said he and 11 head coaches will take pay cuts for the upcoming fiscal year in light of the budget impacts caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The salaries for George along with football coach Karl Dorrell, men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle and women’s basketball coach JR Payne will be reduced by 10%. The other eight varsity head coaches will have their salaries reduced by 5%. He retired after the 2016 season, ending a 67-year run in the Dodgers’ broadcast booths.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR teams can restart car preparationsUNDATED (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says NASCAR teams can work in their race shops if they maintain social distancing guidelines, clearing a potential hurdle to resuming the season in coming weeks.Cooper extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8 Thursday and said he would gradually open it in three phases, adding he’s still considering NASCAR’s request to run the Coca-Cola 600 as scheduled on May 24 without spectators. The Panthers first announced the move to Rock Hill last June during a celebration with Panthers owner David Tepper and several South Carolina politicians including Gov. Henry McMaster.In other NFL news:— The Bills have picked up the fifth-year contract option on cornerback Tre’Davious White, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. White’s salary will bump up to about $10 million, based on an average of the top 32 salaries at his position. White was taken in the first round of the 2017 draft and tied for the league lead with six interceptions.— Kicker Zane Gonzalez has signed a one-year contract to stay with the Cardinals. The 24-year-old Gonzalez was a restricted free agent and was offered a one-year tender in March. He was 31 of 35 on field goals last season and 34 of 35 on extra points.NCAA-ATHLETE COMPENSATION Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTBurrow goes to Bengals with top pick…Redskins take YoungUNDATED (AP) — Joe Burrow’s the one. The Jaguars went for a cornerback with the ninth choice, taking Florida cornerback CJ Henderson.The Browns used the 10th pick to take offensive tackle Jedrick Wills, who allowed one sack in 39 games for Alabama.Not since the draft became a televised event in 1980 has it been stripped to the basics like this one. Scouts and general managers are working from their homes as a safeguard against the coronavirus. Prospects are homebound as well, giving Commissioner Roger Goodell no one to hug after each of the 32 first-round selections are made. Goodell is overseeing the festivities from his basement.The draft was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas before the pandemic turned it into a virtual selection show. The league announced during the first round that Vegas will host the draft in 2022. NCAA moves toward allowing athletes to be paid sponsorsUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I college athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own.Recommendations that would permit athletes to earn money for their names, images and likeness are being reviewed this week. A decision could come as soon as next week. The issue has dominated college sports for several years. California recently passed a law clearing the way for athlete compensation, prompting the NCAA to take a fresh look at its regulations.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSGonzaga junior Kispert makes himself available for NBA draft Update on the latest sports COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed rookie goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) to a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season.Merzlikins has been solid for the Jackets this season, recording five shutouts, a 2.48 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He is tied for second in the league in shutouts and fifth in both save percentage and goals-against average.OLYMPICS-COLLECTIVE BARGAINING SURVEYStudy: Olympians should push for collective bargainingUNDATED (AP) — A study of Olympic spending patterns concludes that athletes who compete at the games are woefully underpaid. It says they would be best served by banding together to create the sort of collective-bargaining arrangement commonly found in the pros. UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga star Corey Kispert has entered his name in the NBA draft but has left open the possibility of returning for his senior season. Kispert announced Thursday on Twitter that he doesn’t plan on hiring an agent, which would allow him to return to the Bulldogs.Kispert was a finalist for the Julius Erving small forward of the year award last season. He averaged nearly 14 points per game last season and led tIn other college basketball news:— Michigan guard Franz Wagner says he is returning for his sophomore season. Wagner started 27 games last season, averaging 11.6 points and leading the team in steals. The 6-foot-9 German missed the first four games because of a fractured wrist. Isaiah Livers is testing the NBA draft waters, but Wagner decided not to go that route. Michigan also announced that forward Austin Davis had surgery on Monday on his right shoulder and is expected to recover fully. He could be ready to return in early October.— Purdue graduate transfer Matt Haarms has chosen Brigham Young over Kentucky and Texas Tech. He will be eligible to play basketball immediately. Haarms was one of the top transfers after announcing he was leaving the Boilermakers after his junior season. He narrowed his choices to BYU, Kentucky and Texas Tech earlier this week. The 7-foot-3 center from Amsterdam averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game while shooting 63% last season. NFL-NEWSIncentive deal to move Panthers to S.C. approvedUNDATED (AP) — A county in South Carolina has approved a deal loaded with tax breaks for the Carolina Panthers to move their headquarters and practice site.News outlets report that the York County Council approved the deal in a 4-3 vote after listening to public comments during their virtual meeting on Monday. It follows a series of moves the state has made to attract the team’s headquarters. They will continue to play their games in Charlotte, North Carolina.The approved deal will give the Panthers relief from all property taxes in the City of Rock Hill for 20 to 25 years, according to the York County Council. MLB-DODGERS-SCULLY HOSPITALIZED92-year-old Vin Scully hospitalized after fall at homeLOS ANGELES (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has been hospitalized after falling at his Los Angeles-area home.The team says the 92-year-old fell Tuesday and was taken to the hospital for observation. Scully is resting comfortably and is expected to be released soon.Scully jokes that he won’t be doing anymore “head-first sliding,” which he never liked. — The European track and field championships in Paris have been canceled. Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for late August could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport’s 2021 calendar and the French economy.— German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan. The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said the date would be acceptable, but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May. League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.” Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area.— Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party and will be broadcast on NBC. The day will be highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945.NHL-BLUE JACKETS-MERZLIKINSJackets extend netminder The study of the worldwide Olympic bureaucracy’s finances concludes there’s far more money available for athletes than what they receive. It says the IOC averages $1.4 billion a year in revenues and spends only about 4% of it on athletes. Leagues such as the NFL and the Premier League spend between 40% and 60% of their revenue on players.The study was a collaboration between the Global Athlete advocacy group and the Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Echo Fox, the esports organisation with roots in the FGC has confirmed it has secured one of ten North American League of Legends Championship Series (“NALCS”) spots in the new permanent partnership scheme. It comes as little surprise given the list of teams and franchises that have been accepted, with big sports investment coming from many and three NBA teams hopping straight in. Most recently, Echo Fox was included as part of an investment partnership between Vision Esports and the New York Yankees. The investment will allow accelerated growth and increased brand awareness for the Echo Fox organisation and brand across the globe. The partnership aims to “mirror the management of Echo Fox in a manner similar to traditional professional sports properties”. Rick Fox, former NBA Champion and Echo Fox founder commented: “Riot Games has been at the forefront of esports since it installed the LCS back in 2014. We are extremely honoured and proud that Echo Fox will be one of the charter franchises in North America and our selection further proves that Echo Fox will continue its ascent to becoming the number one esports organisation in the world”. Jared Jeffries, recently appointed President of the organisation commented: “We are on the forefront of something magnificent for the esports world and we’re looking forward to competing against nine other world class esports organisations to win this inaugural season”. The Echo Fox organisation now houses teams competing in 12 different esports titles and holds a roster of over 40 competitive players. League of Legends will be the organisations first venture into the “big three” esports titles and it’s quite the gig. Rick Fox will be up against some familiar faces as the Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets all field teams next year. Esports Insider says: Congratulations to Rick and the team. League is very different from many of the titles they compete in but here’s hoping they embrace the new league spot. There’s some big names in the NA LCS next year, that’s for sure.
A football referee has been left with second degree burns – and narrowly avoided being blinded – after an angry female fan allegedly threw boiling tea in his face.Lider Paez, 39, was confronted after Olimpia’s match against Paraguayos in Paraguay, with fans of the former side convinced his decisions had led to their 2-0 defeat.”He had made some dodgy calls and I guess some of the lads wanted to know why,” Olimpia fan Horacio Alcaraz told local TV.”A couple of times he let the other team get away with fouls and being offside. I also thought it seemed unfair so I am not surprised they confronted him”And then some woman lost it and threw the cup of hot tea in his face. That was a bit much, I must say.”–